On Friday, September 17, I drove from my Arlington, Texas home to Jefferson, Texas, the place I was ensuing from talk the subsequent morning on the Genuine Texas Man of the woods Conference. It was an event organized by Craig Woolheater (of Cryptomundo), and which seen loads of good, intriguing reveals, and a crowd of nearly 200 of us. And a great time was had by each physique.
A variety of the audio system rolled into metropolis late on the Friday afternoon. Along with me, they included Lyle Blackburn (creator of Lizard Man and The Beast of Boggy Creek) and Ken Gerhard (who penned Giant Fowl! and Encounters with Flying Humanoids). Moreover there have been John Kirk (who wrote the fantastic Inside the Space of the Lake Monsters) and Rob Riggs (of Inside the Giant Thicket).
Points kicked off with a Friday night Mexican dinner for about 30 of us, at which earlier friendships have been rekindled and new ones have been made. And the good issue is that the converse wasn’t all of Man of the woods. It was a bunch of like-minded mates merely having a soothing, satisfying night – which is the best way it should be.
Jefferson, for a lot of who may not understand it, is an earlier East Texas metropolis. It’s crammed to the brim with historic previous, thriller, and tales of all-things weird. In several phrases, it’s the proper place to hold a Man of the woods conference.
Points began spherical 10.00 a.m., when the doorways opened and the viewers began to succeed in. One of many refreshing points regarding the conference was the dearth of egos. I can’t let you already know what variety of events I’ve spoken on the place some over-inflated egotistical type throws a tantrum of the type most seen in a five-year-old spoiled brat. Or, when some speaker will get on a rant of the “don’t you understand who I’m?” selection.
Happily, there was none of that nonsense on the Genuine Texas Man of the woods Conference. What was present was a deep sense of neighborhood, of audio system and viewers all on the equivalent stage, all asking questions and all in quest of options.
As for the matters beneath dialogue, they’ve been wide-ranging. I spoke on the controversial concern of so-called “Wild Males” and Man of the woods-type entities inside the UK, nevertheless with the emphasis on the earlier, such as a result of the Wild Man of Orford.
Ken Gerhard’s lecture was titled “Man of the woods in Mexico and Mesoamerica.” Given that Ken is conscious of an incredible deal about every areas, he was the perfect particular person to speak in regards to the fact that Man of the woods just isn’t solely seen within the US. As Ken demonstrated, the creatures (or, on the very least, associated ones) flip up proper right here, there, and all over the place.
Every Lyle Blackburn and Rob Riggs confirmed that Man of the woods was far nearer to accommodate than many attending the gig may even have realized. Lyle spoke on “East Texas Man of the woods: Historic previous, Legends, and Fashionable Sightings.” Rob, within the meantime, focused on his non-public Man of the woods evaluation, plenty of which was spent inside the Giant Thicket house of Texas – and which is chronicled in Rob’s e ebook, Inside the Giant Thicket.
As for John Kirk, he lectured on “The Look for Wildman: Reverting to Scientific Concepts.” In a very grounded and logic-filled presentation, John launched home to the viewers the importance of discovering out the Man of the woods phenomenon in a method that areas science and customary sense on the forefront.
Following the lectures, there was a energetic Q&A, which coated issues just like the upsides and the unfavorable sides of cryptozoological-driven “actuality TV,” the Man of the woods neighborhood, the angle of DNA analysis, and the search for the truth.
The evening was rounded off with (a) an exquisite barbecue dinner; (b) a preview of the upcoming movie One factor inside the Woods; and (c) a displaying of Bobcat Goldthwait’s movie, Willow Creek, which is an excellent, cool manufacturing that I undoubtedly advocate.
So, in conclusion, it was an incredible couple of days. And, in the event you occur to couldn’t make it, protect a look-out for subsequent 12 months’s event!